Tumaini Festival is a music and cultural festival taking place in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, Malawi, Southern Africa. It presents a unique opportunity to support an innovative, large-scale cultural event developed and delivered by refugees and host community, which uses entertainment and artistic expression to promote intercultural harmony, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence for the benefit of both communities.
WHO WE ARE
Tumaini Festival is organized by Tumaini Letu (Swahili: „Our Hope“), a non-profit organisation based in Dzaleka Refugee Camp and founded in 2012 by Trésor Nzengu Mpauni, also known as Menes La Plume, a refugee poet, musician and writer from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
ABOUT DZALEKA REFUGEE CAMP
Dzaleka is the only permanent refugee camp in Malawi. It is located in the Dowa district, 45 km from Lilongwe, Malawi's capital city. It has a population of approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi, with smaller numbers of people from Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan and other countries. In Malawi, refugees do not have the right to employment, the right to property, or the freedom of movement. This greatly isolates refugees, limits their financial capacity, and restricts their ability to access cultural events.
Tumaini Festival will meet these needs, while also benefitting the host community as we all stand, sing, and dance together for peace. There is a rich diversity of cultures within Dzaleka that everyone can discover and learn from. Each of the forcibly displaced persons is a survivor and has an inspiring story to tell.
THE FESTIVAL // SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN EXACTLY?
On November 4th 2017 Dzaleka will be host to the fourth annualTumaini Festival. There will be five performance areas: two stages (Main Stage and Youth Stage), a Poetry Corner, a Theater Corner, and a Cultural Ground (traditional dance ground). There will also be an Arts exhibition space and a children’s play space. Tumaini Festival 2017 will feature music, poetry, comedy, films, theater, acrobatics, dance (traditional and contemporary), drums, traditional food and workshops. There will be a variety of food stalls and opportunities for vendors from Dzaleka to sell their goods and handcrafted arts.
OUR MISSION // WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?
EMPOWERMENT - Tumaini Festival aims to
- empower refugees and foster pride through arts and artistic expression,
- encourage entrepreneurship and reduce poverty in the refugee camp,
- facilitate the gain and exchange of knowledge and skills through workshops and trainings.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE - Tumaini Festival aims to
- enhance intercultural understanding,
- change the public perception towards refugees in Malawi,
- promote the talents and cultures of Dzaleka residents to Malawians and the international community,
- foster Dzaleka itself as a place of unity, peace, coexistence and harmony among refugees and the Malawian population.
WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING?
TUMAINI FESTIVAL IS A FREE ENTRANCE EVENT
→ Tumaini Festival is free of charge for all visitors. By making the festival accessible for everyone we aim to encourage the maximum number of people to come and experience the cultures and reality of Dzaleka Refugee Camp, and to change public perception toward refugees.
OUR STRENGTH LIES IN OUR COMMUNITY
→ We believe in the power of a strong community! The backbone of Tumaini Festival is its inspiring network of supporters from all over the world: Artists and visitors from Dzaleka, Malawi and many other countries share a stage and a unique festival experience. Also, Tumaini relies on the continuous support and hard work of a network of friends and volunteers. This includes you, as a part of our amazing crowdfunding community!
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT?
Tumaini Festival 2017 stands and falls with the success of this crowdfunding and your contribution! We still lack the majority of funding for the main event, and to make it happen we need to raise a sum of 8.000 €. With this money we will build two stages, rent high quality sound equipment, book international, national and local artists, organize transport, accommodation, food and refreshments and make sure that the festival is free and accessible to everyone.
Every contribution helps to reach our goal!
JOIN THE TUMAINI FAMILY AND SPREAD THE WORD! ❤
Risks and challenges
Organizing a festival with over 30 artists from various countries happening at this unique location does have its challenges. From last minute technical issues, to logistical demands concerning the transport or even weather conditions – little problems can always arise.
However, we will find a solution, the same way we have always found one in the past years.
We are excited to organize a festival this size and with this symbolic significance! Rising to possible challenges is important, as is the need for the Dzaleka community and our supporters worldwide to come together, to take risks, just as refugees did, to tell our and their stories, or “just” celebrating together the joy of music.
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